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March 2000

Life on Lorna Lane

Life on Lorna Lane

SUI establishes a Headquarters office on Lorna Lane in Hoover, Alabama with over 7,500 square feet to accommodate the growing support staff. Over the course of the next five years, SUI doubles the square footage in the office.

September 1999

The Great Expansion

The Great Expansion

Lee meets with DISH Network executives and is awarded  territory in Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi for the new Regional Service Provider (RSP) Program. As an RSP, SUI fulfills all DISH Network installations, upgrades, and trouble calls in their new expanded footprint.

March 1999

A Growing Reputation

A Growing Reputation

The new partnership with DISH shows immediate promise as sales grow to over 300 customers per week. SUI quickly becomes a Top 10 Retailer for DISH.

January 1999

An Extraordinary Partnership

An Extraordinary Partnership

Primestar is purchased by DirecTV. Roddy flies to Denver, Colorado to meet with Charlie Ergen, founder and then CEO of DISH Network. Satellites Unlimited, Inc. forges a partnership with DISH Network as an Authorized Retailer, selling and self-installing DISH video services across Central Alabama.

June 1998

If You Want To Go Far, Go Together

If You Want To Go Far, Go Together

With only 10 team members and growing sales, the family business is becoming more than Roddy and Janice can manage alone. As Danny prepares for college, the couple enlists the help of their older son, Lee, who joins the business as Sales and Operations Manager. Lee holds a degree in Marketing and brings years of management experience at Enterprise Rent a Car to SUI.

May 1996

A Unique After School Program

A Unique After School Program

Danny McKinney, age 16, begins working part-time for the family business after school and on the weekends. He completes ride-alongs with technicians, becomes involved in sales, and helps order equipment and manage inventory.

March 1995

Branching Out

Branching Out

SUI launches an office in Andalusia, Alabama, making it the first company facility outside of the McKinney family home. The branch office starts with only two team members – one salesperson and one installer.

January 1995

Humble Beginnings

Humble Beginnings

Operations are handled from the basement of Roddy and Janice’s home in Birmingham, Alabama. Roddy spends the weekends making sales at area flea markets and events, Janice manages the books and payroll, and the couple’s gray Cadillac is the first official company vehicle.